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Monday Night Mayhem (2002)

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Just as Jon Voight's on-target portrayal of controversial sportscaster Howard Cosell) in the 2002 biopic Ali was making the theatrical rounds, actor John Turturro offered his own spin on "Humble Howard" in the made-for-cable movie Monday Night Mayhem. Based on the book by Bill Carter and Marc Gunther, the film chronicles the creation of ABC Television's Monday Night Football telecast in 1970, then continues with the weekly telecast's rapid ascent to the top of the ratings. Reasoning that such a momentous undertaking needed a spectacular "star" lineup in the announcing booth, ABC's aggressive sports director Roone Arledge (John Heard) teams the highly opinionated, irritatingly erudite Cosell with not one but two charismatic ex-athletes, "Dandy Don" Meredith (Brad Beyer) and Frank Gifford (Kevin Anderson). The film makes much of Cosell's open disdain towards his "intellectually inferior" co-anchors and of Meredith and Gifford's reaction to their booth-mate's jibes, and also recreates many of Monday Night Football's highlights, notably Cosell's announcement in the middle of an important game that John Lennon has just been murdered. Monday Night Mayhem originally aired on January 14, 2002, not on ABC (surprise, surprise!) but as part of the TNT cable network's prime time lineup.

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Cast

John Turturro
as Howard Cosell
John Heard
as Roone Arledge
Kevin Anderson
as Frank Gifford
Brad Beyer
as Don Meredith
Patti LuPone
as Emmy Cosell
Eli Wallach
as Leonard Goldenson
Jay Thomas
as Pete Rozelle
Zak Orth
as Don Ohlmeyer
Shuler Hensley
as Keith Jackson
Brennan Brown
as Bob Goodrich
Leo Burmester
as Carl Lindemann
Chad L. Coleman
as O.J. Simpson
Steve Schirripa
as Sal `The Rock'
Asio Highsmith
as Fred Williamson
John Otis
as Curt Gowdy
Glenn Howerton
as Dick Ebersol
Evan Thompson
as Henry Ford
Luke Reilly
as Herbert Schlosser
Sam Freed
as Fred Pierce
Mark Lazarus
as John Lazarus
Matthew Sussman
as David Gerber
Frank Senger
as Construction Guy
P.J. Brown
as FBI Agent
George Greif
as Art Rooney
Annie Hoffman
as Booth Stage Manager
Carson Grant
as Leonard Tost
Tony Devon
as Al Davis
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Critic Reviews for Monday Night Mayhem

All Critics (4)

Now here's a film that reads fairly ho-hum, but once it's final credits have rolled you'll agree you've just watched one of the more stimulating and interesting telemovies of recent times

October 17, 2002
Moviehole

Audience Reviews for Monday Night Mayhem

Just quality work all-round. If it wasn't for the complete lack of foul language, one wouldn't be able to recognize this as a made-for-TV movie. This is just good cinematic story-telling.

Scott Fogg
Scott Fogg
½

Interesting.

Leo L
Leo L

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